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rallied to keep college affordable. andrea, does this report go part of the way toward satisfying their demands? >> well, yes, it was about 290 pages that the administration turned in today. >> i haven't read it yet. >> as i read parts of it, it details the 14 recommendations given back in july. they had eight months to turn this college around. the report goes pretty in depth and detail what is they have done and cuts they made and changes they have tried to accomplish in those very short eight months. that is what they are hoping the accreditation team does see that they have at least made a really good effort. >> how did they get into this mess? >> that is a point of conversation in the last eight months. when the accrediting team came last spring, they looked at what had happened six years ago. they have to take a look every six years at how the college is working. six years ago, they gave the
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college a couple of points to address and to change and to look at. essential essentially, they did not change them. they continued operating. when they came back last spring, nothing has been done and things were worse. >> if they had the recommendations, they were supposed to file six years ago and they never did it. have any heads been identified to roll? >> not that i know. they are looking at that. they are looking more to become one and move forward and address what has been given to them essentially and to become a cohesive college and serve the students that they need to continue to serve. >> speaking of students, who gets hurt if a place like san francisco city college closes? >> the students. they have to contact the other bay area community colleges and figure out how to transfer them to make sure the students can continue their education and continue to learn. >> and students are unhappy.
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faculty is unhappy. what are the recommendations they are making and why does the college resist implementing them? >> they are not now. they did previously. now they have embraced them. the college administration and the leaders have. a lot of students and faculty have. >> they feel they have done enough? will there be more pain still to come? is that what the protests are about? >> the protests are about that. there is a huge faction of the community college of students and faculty that don't want to see changes. they like city college the way it is and it serves so many people in so many aspects. they don't like the changes that are happening because of these recommendations. these recommendations are looking at governance and finances and structure. those have to change in order to move forward. >> what happens now? >> now that the report is in, the accreditation commission
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will come back in april, i believe it is, and take a look to see they actually made the changes. >> there is an elective josh asked about. an elected board of trustees. are they responsible to some extent? who can you turn to to say you really need to pay attention to what you are saying and get your house in order? >> that is what is up in the air. whose fault it is. previous administration because we have an interim administration at the moment. a lot of the board of trustees that were around and whether or not they knew or made decisions is still unknown. the board of trustees, a lot of them were out trying to support students. a lot of the other board of trustees. they all want to save the college. they publicly stated how much they support it and they will do what they can to keep it open. whether it is the changes and confiding with the accreditation
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report as well as trying to find a happy medium for students and serve everybody. >> there have about give backs by staff and others. how is it going with organized labor? >> that is a hold up right now. the administration wants them to have more cuts. the faculty and staff have taken a lot of cuts. they were back last july and given about a 3% cut. recently, they took another 8.8% cut over the year. they are still in negotiations. the administration wants them to take more cuts. they take up about 92% is what they are saying which is a lot more than every other community college in california. >> a lot of campuses. is that unusual for a school this size to have so many? are they thinking of closing more of them or some of them? >> they already closed three. they are looking at more. possibly more. more are on the table. they have nine campuses and
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dozens of sites and instructional places and taking a classroom at a church. they are looking at and evaluating those to see if that is another cost saver. if they can continue that. at the same time, faculty and students are saying that they want to be sure that they continue to serve folks. if they close something way out in sunset and they have to travel into castro, somebody may not take a course. >> andrea, thanks for that. we move on to money problems of a different kind. san francisco symphony musicians went on strike this week. cancelling two concerts so far and putting in jeopardy a tour of the east coast that is starting next week. cy musiker, what is the core problem? >> the disagreement is over money. the musicians say that is the case. right now, the symphony management are offering a flat
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wage for the next year with a small increase a couple years out of two succeeding years and give backs on health benefits and pensions. the musicians say they want and what they want is parody with the very two best page orchestras in the country. chicago and los angeles. san francisco is one of the very top orchestras in the world along with chicago and l.a. it is also a dangerous comparison, i would say, chicago has had its own financial problems. endowment is not in great shape. a strike last fall there. there could be cutbacks in the future there. some of the management says we have gone through a recession. you got a 17% pay hike over a four-year contract. now we need to check ourselves to make sure we can keep our budget balanced every year. >> and average salary is
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$165,000 a year. ten weeks paid vacation. some would say it is not bad. >> this is a touchy issue. if you look at the news stories in print or the comments online and on the air on forum this morning when the symphony strike was the issue, i think a lot of people aren't very sympathetic. they run a risk here, the same risk professional athletes run when they get into a dispute with team managers. you can turn off fans when you look at salaries and benefits and you think it is a cushy thing. these are the best symphonies in the world. like the buster posey. the guy who plays the big typany in the orchestra says he is going to chicago for a better relationship with the management. >> if they are having any public
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problems, they are wearing dodger caps. >> especially during spring training. >> that was to bring home their point. this is just like buster posey going to the dodgers. that is the comparison they made. perhaps the picture is not what they wanted to present. the optics. >> it's not about optics. it is about sound. >> you look back. there was a pretty good negotiation in 2006. the last couple have gone well. in 1996-1997, there was a sour period for the management and orchestra musicians. they reformed the way they got along. they brought in mediators from harvard and other locals. they changed management and the musicians' common goals. the fear is that has broken down. what this musician moving to chicago, david herbert said there is a hostile atmosphere
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here in san francisco. this is with a new executive director who has come in. one of the things musicians have for good reason are a little bitter that they found out the executive director got two bo bonuses in the last two years. they did have a deficit last year. it is not for the big non-profit institutions on an $80 million budget. >> there is a big tour next week. a strategic time to go on strike. >> brilliant time to go on strike. it creates real brinkmanship. the orchestra has canceled each concert at the very last minute. they are saturday and sunday. they have yet to cancel those. they are supposed to leave on tuesday. they would like results by then. the good news is they are
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negotiating right now. i got a text a few minutes ago from the pr staff at the symphony. they are renegotiating for six hours. they were at it 13 hours yesterday. that's a good sign. >> health care is on the table. why would health care -- health care costs are going up for everyone. are they more vulnerable to health problems? >> it is good for people with kids and wives have to pay a little bit. single fmusicians don't have to make contributions. they have repetitive stress problems. violinists do this with their necks. if they can't perform physically, they can't play and earn a living. it can be very dangerous for musicians who don't get good health care. >> we have a couple of big arts
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organizations in town. the ballet and opera. is there something comparable? >> they don't make quite as much money. the ballet musicians especially. their contracts are coming up later this year. just as a side note, the opera just announced they ran $1.5 million budget this past audit. 2011-2012. >> california courts have been facing the music for the last five years. the california court system hit by $1 billion by cuts. this week, tani cantil-sakauye asked to restore funding or pay a price. >> good afternoon. i believe that if we do not reinvest injusti justice, you w continue to see services from the courts cut or eliminated or deeply restricted.
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>> josh richman, give us a sense. what impact are these cuts having in the field or in california? >> you may say the symphony of justice is silenced all over the state. or you may not. we are talking about wholesale closures of courthouses and courtrooms and 2,600 fewer staffers through layoffs or attriti attrition. 30 courts reducing hours of operation in various places. when one place closes, you have to drive somewhere else to get your court business done. in the bay area, it is not that big a deal, but a rural county is a big deal. what the chief justice was trying to say is that as these people who use the court system are impacted by reduced services or increased fees, which has been a big part of it as well, these are people who are
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probably the least able in our society to deal with these added burdens of trying to use our justice system. >> she knows her audience. she is making the case to the democrats. >> to the democrats and le legislatu legislature. they are responsible. they put out a statement after her speech saying this is a case of justice being denied. they have to find a way to increase the funding. as governor jerry brown said as he put his budget proposal forth in january, we're better, we're getting better, we still don't have enough money to restore all that has been taken from us in the last couple of years. unfortunately, his attitude so far is the courts have to take a number and stand in line with everybody else to be made whole from the cuts they experienced. >> does this mean -- this is affecting civil courts and criminal courts. how long will -- if i filed a suit, how long do i have to wait for a hearing?
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>> that may vary by county and resources in each particular county. i can say that criminal cases have to be given precedence to meet constitutional requirements for speedy and fair trials. very often, it is the civil cases that are pushed further down the calendar. >> and court interpreters that may affect low-income people more than others? >> absolutely. you could see it right here in san francisco, which has been a very hard hit area. the superior courts here in san francisco have been hard hit. a one-day strike by workers last july. the people who man the counters and keep the files and so on. you know, they took a 5% pay cut that was imposed at the start of the new fiscal year. the management says they do not have the money. we don't have the money coming from the state to be able to cover this stuff. >> you know, remember a few years back, her predecessor ron
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george tried to implement a computer system to link all 58 counties and the cost was several hundred million dollars. that ballooned to $2 billion. they canceled that now. are from cases of that of mismanagement and money wasted that makes their case less sympathetic? >> that did not come out of the same pot as trial operations, but it was a huge deal. the centralized computer system that never was and may never been. >> after spending $500 million on it. >> and court construction projects are frozen everywhere because the money in the governor's budget has running the trial operations is essentially $200 million that will be pulled out of construction funds this year. it's been a downward spiral. it's $1.2 billion over the past three years.
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any system would be hard pressed to absorb that kind of things. there's not really much relief in sight. i think that is what they are most concerned about. if they do pull that out of capital costs this year, what happens the year after that and year after that? >> we have to wait for the revise to see what the governor is going to do with the courts. >> and the speech the chief justice gave this week is the most public instance of lobbying campaign that started day the governor introduced the budget and will end the day when he signs the budget. they will fight behind the day to convince lawmakers on both sides to say it has to change. >> what top priority? >> getting courtrooms back open. simply expanding access and cancel the courtroom hours. >> reducing some of the wait times people are experiencing getting into court. >> it is all about access.
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>> josh richman, thanks very much. our final story tonight is far away from california. two photo journalists visited homes and hospital rooms documents the war in iraq. their photos are on the exhibit at the de young museum. i sat down with the chief curator julian cox to hear about it. julian cox, welcome. >> good afternoon. thank you. >> these photos are taken in the darkest months of the war. 2003 and 2004. a lot of news coverage during that time. what do these photographs show that we did not see as we covered the news of the war? >> they show an unembedded perspective. the two photographers were not protected by the u.s.-led coalition forces while they were on the ground. it is a street-level view of the war from an insider's perspective. both of the photo journalists
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were covering the war from the perspective from the iraqi citizenry. >> there are not many soldiers or marines in the pictures. they are iraqis. there is grief and blood and violence and nudity. you name it. how did you decide which ones to include? how did you decide which ones? >> the process of selecting the exhibition was based upon a lengthy conversation with both photographers over a few years, actually. i first became aware of the work in 2006. i worked closely with them to edit their entire body of work from the months they spent on the ground in iraq. they went there several times during the two years they were engaged with the stories as it was developing and changing. there were many hundreds of photographs we edited from. we produced a portfolio from each artist to present in a fine arts museum context.
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>> there are many memorable photos here. is there one that sticks in your mind? >> there are several, but one shows a picture inside a place for religious learning for young boys to attend. young shi'ite boys to attend. you see the boys reenacting the martyrdom. it is poignant because it shows the impact of the international conflicts where the consequences of war goes on. the implications are present for many years to come. >> there are many children in the photographs. and one there are two men on a rug assembling a weapon. two young boys looking on. what does that tell you? a major conflict like this
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touches every generation? >> exactly right. one of the things that these photographers were interested in doing was trying to graphically presented through the medium of photography the ways in which conflict touches the facets of the community. we all know that many of the bombings took the lives of individuals of all different ranges of age and background. many of the activists involved in the militia movement were young men. some not even teenage years. these are an extended legacy to the conflict. it is important to say that both photographers have since returned to iraq and remained engaged with the evolving story of that country since the war took place. >> we're coming up on the tenth anniversary of the u.s. invasion of iraq. is this the exhibit that is anti-war? >> not at all.
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a few profound words by the artists by thorne anderson. he has never felt more proud. these photographers are both american citizens. they both told the story from the humanitarian perspective. it is about trying to show the consequences and impact of war. remember that through time, artists and photographers have recorded war and conflict. it has been a subject for photographers and artists of great statue through the centuries. they fit into that long line of artists wanting to make a statement about conflict. >> these are many unvarnished pictures. men playing dominos and normal life and that sort of thing. what truth of war do these photographs tell? >> i think what is important about the work made by these two
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artists, it tries to convey the multi-layered nature of war. it is important to say also that both of them were in iraq before saddam fell. they were able to capture through the lens of their cameras the calm before the storm. i think the work is important because it gives an implication of the fact that the story isn't simple. there are different facets to it. one job is to draw that out. >> what do you hope people take away when they leave the exhibit? >> i think they will be inspired by what they see. the photo journalism is important to our day. this exhibit is part of our life now for a decade. i hope people learn something and they are moved and inspired. >> the exhibit is "eye level in iraq." you can take in the girl with a
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pearl earring while you are there. julian cox, thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> you should check it out this weekend or the next several weeks. thanks to all of you for being here. andrea, josh, cy, happy st. patrick's day. none of us are wearing green. >> we will have a beer. >> don't forget to visit for archives of our show. to subscribe to the news letter and podcast and share your thoughts. i'll be back next week when we devote the entire program to gay marriage. the u.s. supreme court takes up proposition and defensive marriage act. our guests will include the lieutenant governor. i'm scott shaffer. thanks for watching. good night.
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gwen: reaching out, reaching in,
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how the two major parties are adjusting to new realities. tonight on "washington week." >> i think there's a genuine desire on the part of republicans and democrats to try to get something done. >> the senate is working on their budget. the house is working on our budget. the president and the house republicans are meeting. thing is all progress in the right direction. gwen: republicans and democrats did something unusual this week on capitol hill. they talked. >> with regard to what a lot of you describe as the president's charm offensive, we welcome it. gwen: over lunches and mostly cordial discussions, bipartisanship was the watchword, but big differences remain. >> this has been a really big week. we got white smoke from the vatican and i -- we got a budget from the senate! gwen: as conservatives debate the republican party's
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direction. >> g.o.p. of old has grown stale and moss covered. i don't think we need to name any names, do we? what does it profit a movement to gain the country and lose its own soul? we don't need a new idea. the idea is called america and it still works. gwen: don't be fooled, the fights with just beginning. covering the week, jeanne cummings of bloomberg news. john dickerson of "slate" magazine and cbs news and amy walter of the cook political report. >> award-winning reporting and analysis. covering history as it happenings. live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill and national journal." corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by


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